Meet Robert "Rosebud" Butt—Bob Butt. The most controversial figure in Long Island Iced Tea history. If you don't believe me, go to his website. While he acknowledges that, "Possibly similar concoctions were created elsewhere, at another time," Butt firmly believes he invented the Long Island Iced Tea during a cocktail creating contest:
"The world famous Long Island Iced Tea was first invented in 1972 by me, Robert Butt, while I was tending bar at the infamous Oak Beach Inn. I participated in a cocktail creating contest. Triple Sec had to be included, and the bottles started flying. My concoction was an immediate hit and quickly became the house drink at the Oak Beach Inn. By the mid-1970s, every bar on Long Island was serving up this innocent-looking cocktail, and by the 1980s it was known the world over."